We are very sad to announce the death of one of the Club’s legendary players from the 1960s and early 1970s, Mike Hindle. Mike was a top quality prop forward who skippered the Club and had many caps for Lancashire and North West Counties.
He was a member of a revered Fylde front row including fellow prop Terry Horrocks and hooker Bill Baxter. Although the Club doesn’t have detailed record keeping from this period, it is estimated that Mike made some 300 1st XV appearances whilst Terry Horrocks chalked up 255 and Bill Baxter around 500.
Mike, who was from a mill owning family in Ribchester, had a ‘cut glass accent’ and a granite toughness at his core.
He had been ill for the past couple of years. Everyone at the Club sends sincere commiserations to widow Pat, his son and daughter, other family members and friends.
Chairman of World Rugby, Sir Bill Beaumont, said: “Mike was part of an excellent Fylde front row along with Bill Baxter and Terry Horrocks. His quality was recognised through regular appearances for Lancashire and the North West Counties. He skippered the Club during it’s 50th anniversary season in 1969. I played a number of games in the same pack in the early 1970s when I got into the 1st XV. I also knew him through business dealings – he was a very nice man.”
Fylde’s flag at the Woodlands will be flown at half mast in coming days in honour of Mike.
Back row: Bill Hilton, Stan Purdy, Brian Beadle, Mel Whittle, Mike Hindle, John Redmayne, Rodney Hoskisson, Terry Horrocks.
Front row: Keith Thomas, David Taylor, Malcolm Phillips, Tony Richards, Sammy Clitheroe, Ian Hargreaves, Bill Baxter.
Above: North West Counties v Fiji, 17th October 1970, at the Woodlands Memorial Ground.